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Buying Remains 36% Cheaper Than Renting!

In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

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The updated numbers actually show that the range between homeownership and renting a home is an average of 5% less expensive in Orange County (CA) all the way up to 46% in Houston (TX), and 36% Nationwide! 

A recent study by GoBankingRates looked at the cost of renting a home vs. owing a home at the state level and concluded that in 36 states it is actually ‘a little’ or ‘a lot’ cheaper to own your own home than to be in a rental property, represented by the two shades of blue in the map below.

Buying Remains 36% Cheaper than Renting! | Keeping Current Matters

One of the main reasons that owning a home has remained significantly cheaper than renting is the fact that interest rates have remained at or near historic lows. Freddie Mac reports that rates fell again just recently to 3.43%.

Nationally, rates would have to rise to 10.6% for renting to be cheaper than buying – and rates haven’t been that high since 1989.  

Buying a home makes sense socially and financially. If you are one of the many renters who would like to evaluate your ability to buy this year, make sure to meet with a local real estate professional who can help you find your dream home.



 

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